Bridal or not, shopping for a lehenga continues to be an exciting occasion for most of us. Many will agree that a lehenga makes a girl look dreamy like no other attire, however, an ill-fitting lehenga or the one that doesn't suit your body shape can have just the opposite effect. Thus, choosing a lehenga that flatters your body shape and styling it well is the key to nailing your lehenga look.
Don't know what works with your body type? Read on to know more about what lehenga cuts and blouses work best for your body shape. We promise you that these tips will elevate your entire look like never before!
If you are an apple-shaped woman, your slightly broad shoulders, waistline, and bustline overpower your lower body. Opting for a high-waist lehenga that has beautiful full flare will make your waist appear smaller and make your body look proportionate. As for the blouse, choose a choli with an empire line cut or a peplum top for your bridal look. You can also opt for a cape lehenga set or drape your dupatta to cover your shoulders like Sonakshi. This sort of layering helps create an illusion of symmetry.
A pear-shaped body, characrtersised by a slim waistline, narrow upper body, and a curvier set of hips, looks wonderful in a lehenga. The aim is to highlight your curves, so, we suggest choosing an A-line lehenga but avoiding those with a lot of ghera since they will add volume to your bottom. Another trick you can use to highlight your curves is to set the belt of the lehenga at the narrowest part of your waist to accentuate it. Choose short blouses with deep necklines to flaunt your collarbone and midriff, like Kiara - who is sporting a Manish Malhotra lehenga here. Off-shoulder statement blouses and sleeveless blouses are other good fashionable options you must consider, too.
Those with a proportionate upper-to-lower body ratio are said to have a rectangular shape. The major challenge for you is to create an illusion of curves. For the lehenga, we recommend opting for an A-line silhouette with a lot of ghera and can-can that adds volume horizontally. Even a lehenga made with highly structured fabric, like raw silk or tafetta will do the trick. Blouses with higher necklines and cholis with long sleeves, like Deepika's here, work really well with your body shape, too. If you are confident enough, you can also wear blouses with deep plunging necklines for a fuller bosom.
If you have an hourglass figure, then, the world is your oyster in terms of bridal lehengas. Your curvaceous figure and well-defined waist are your BFFs and work in your favour since they are both alluring and perfect for any lehenga style. Experiment with any silhouette - from fish cut to something with heavy ghera to those with a straight cut - and they're guaranteed to look good. Statement blouses and new-age dupattas are the hottest trends of 2020, so why not include them in your look if you really wish to stand out.
An inverted triangle shaped body is very similar to an apple-shaped body with broader shoulders but your waist is narrower in comparison. In fact, this body shape is very covetable and looks well with a lehenga too. Choose heavily flared lehengas or lehengas with a double flare to balance the narrow hips with your slightly broad shoulders. Lehengas with lots of detailing at the bottom will enhance your enviable, sporty physique. For the choli, avoid cholis with a lot of embellishment and short sleeves. Just like the apple-shape, you can also experiment with a cape lehenga set or drape your dupatta to cover your shoulders. The perfect example is Katrina Kaif who always chooses free flowing lehengas for her style, like the Anita Dongre one seen here.
Given the right styling, there's nothing sexier than a voluptuous bride. And besides what better than flaunting your curves, right? For the lehenga, we recommend you go for deeper colours like the traditional reds and pinks or even the luscious jewel tones. Steer clear of layering to avoid looking heavier and instead opt for an A-line lehenga with a vertical panel and embroidery to create an illusion of length. If you are insecure about your chest area then, we recommend avoiding heavily padded blouses or blouses with heavy embroidery on the choli as they can make your chest look bigger. For the choli, you can select peplum blouses, longer cholis, or even a kurta lehenga like Paineeti - who is sporting an ethereal piece by desiger Abhinav Mishra, which looks extremely flattering and stylish.